Ten (10) aquaculture farms in Lebak, Sultan, Kudarat and Kiamba, Saranggani Province received P401,600 worth of assistance covering provision of productivity consultancy services from the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) through its TAPI-GIA 2015 under the Consultancy for Agricultural and Manufacturing Productivity (CAMPI) Program. The financial assistance covers the consultancy services for Good Aquaculture Practices (GAP) and its alignment to Fish Pond Registration/Grow-Out Facility Certification. These aquaculture farms were assisted by Consultancy for Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Program (CAPE) being implemented by DOST-XII in CY 2013-CY 2014.
The farm beneficiaries are into milkfish, mudcrab and tilapia farming until after the introduction of vannamei culture by Prof. Arlyn Mandas, Professor, Department of Fisheries, MSU-GenSan and Consultant, ABAM Consultancy Services in CY 2014.
Ms. Rosemarie L. Olaer, SR. SRS and Program Manager, CAMPI together with Prof. Mandas conducted program orientation and aquaculture farm visit last 01-03 February 2015 for ten (10) farms in Sultan Kudarat and Saranggani Province. According to Ms. Olaer, coverage of assistance as explained by Prof. Mandas include: package schemes for the farms to comply with the requirements for registration/certification, provide focused approach to adapt the best aquaculture practices as part of the criteria of BFAR/accrediting agency, technical assistance in providing appropriate forms for systematic and precise water quality monitoring/periodic sampling and activity documentation/record-keeping/implementation of bio-security measures to control the
entry and spread of diseases, water discharge and sludge/effluent management./sourcing for specific pathogen-free seed-stock, and produce a site-specific technical manual per farm to include all the standard operating procedures finalized based on the criteria for certification.